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Alessandro Cripsta

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Up, up, and away

A jumpsuit for space tourism. Virgin Galactic and Under Armour collaborated on a one-piece suit, underwear, and boot set for those who book an Enterprise spaceflight ticket.

The first commercial spacesuits are like soft, high-tech pajamas

I love the way the spacewear looks and I love the way it feels. I also love the fact that the next time I put it on, I will be on my way to space.

One of my favorite bits from the unveiling that didn't make it into the story was when Tom Westray, creative director at Virgin Galactic, likened the space suit to a wedding dress. "We realized that this suit is created for this one day," he said—like a wedding dress. It led them to consider reusability

One of my favorite bits from the unveiling that didn't make it into the story was when Tom Westray, creative director at Virgin Galactic, likened the space suit to a wedding dress. "We realized that this suit is created for this one day," he said—like a wedding dress. It led them to consider reusability in the design. Not sure how many people will be wearing them around after, but the designers hope they will at least sometimes.

Quartz at work

There’s a new generation of networking groups for people of color. Niche social spaces providing a place to get advice, consult with others, network, and vent about work situations, are on the rise.

The impact of workspaces for people of color go beyond feeling welcome

Being the only one in a whatever dominant space is mental gymnastics and can become exhausting (it's a psychological workout!). Anyone's that's spent a significant period in a space as "the other" know this exact feeling. Culture is complex. It's nuanced and full of cues, etiquette, decorum -- unspoken

Being the only one in a whatever dominant space is mental gymnastics and can become exhausting (it's a psychological workout!). Anyone's that's spent a significant period in a space as "the other" know this exact feeling. Culture is complex. It's nuanced and full of cues, etiquette, decorum -- unspoken and explicit. Trying to learn all the rules and perform them perfectly puts one in a state of "constant translating" as one of my colleagues aptly described. Now couple this state of existence with the historical power structures that create a specific cultural dominance in the corporate and white-collar workplaces. The mere appearance of a diverse workspace isn't inclusivity. Culture manifests in the shows discussed the next day, the humor, language and colloquialisms (code-switching), ideas valued, food eaten in the office, promotions, perception of intelligence, opportunities given, salary, and in media (my industry) the stories considered worth telling. I could go on as this is a complex topic, but TDLR, a place of respite to lay my head and rub minds with folks whom I share similar culture and experience is much needed.

Look, diversity is hard work. It’s a two-way dialogue that requires indomitable humility and incessant curiosity. The world is so big. And in the workplace where foreign backgrounds and experiences clash — let them clash and create new conversations and relationships. Sometimes, you gotta ditch the bagel for some jollof rice. They’re both carbs.

I recommend several NPR’s Code Switch episodes:

1. You Are What You Eat: This week, we tackle reader questions on vegetarianism, the specter of grocery store Columbuses, and the quiet opprobrium directed at "smelly ethnic foods" in the workplace.

2. Respect Yourself - “What does "civility" look like and who gets to define it? What about "respectable" behavior? This week, we're looking at how behavior gets policed in public.”

3. Getting a Foot in the Door - Anali, a young woman from Los Angeles, wants to break into the film industry. A local program taught her the skills of the trade and the language, but will any of that that matter in an industry that runs mostly on connections?”

4. Talk American - What is the “Standard American Accent?" Where is it from? And what does it mean if you don’t have it. Code Switch goes on a trip to the Midwest of find out.

The world in 50 years

What will we eat? “A lot more plants,” says scientist and author Bill Nye. Check out the predictions from artist and activist Mai Khôi, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Vijay Pande, transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, and more thought leaders.

The World in 50 Years: What will we eat?

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout. Radical transformation. Super radical!

Apple's Indian revival

Marking 30 years of the web

The mysterious sounds that defined the early days of the internet. Before we were always online, logging on to the internet was a journey through sound. Here’s what those sounds actually meant.

A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the Internet

The dial up sound was the soundtrack to a very distinct period in my life, and I never thought about that until I saw a video of the reactions of kids who had never heard it. I found this piece deeply satisfying for a question I never knew I had.

My dad worked on satellites when I was a kid, so my house was an early adopter of many things—including dial-up. I’d constantly request my dad “make the computers talk”—I was obsessed with the sounds modems made! I didn’t realize till I read this article how spot-on my childhood simplification was.

Locked up in America

Surprising discovery

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  • Nice counterpoint to the "millennials are killing our beloved industries" theme. Maybe we should adapt rather than bemoan? "According to an Oracle study, millennials have redefined service as high-tech, personal, and accessible. Service, to millennials, is having desires met on-demand. They expect to

    Nice counterpoint to the "millennials are killing our beloved industries" theme. Maybe we should adapt rather than bemoan? "According to an Oracle study, millennials have redefined service as high-tech, personal, and accessible. Service, to millennials, is having desires met on-demand. They expect to be able to use their phones, apps, and other forms of tech to do everything from order room service to receive recommendations on hotels that are the most like their previous favorites."

  • As a millennial, it’s nice to see that some people recognize the good we can do in this world. All too often we are blamed for everything that is going wrong in it. Allow me to share something from my own personal experience.

    I work for a big box store, as in retail. I was approached by a man not much

    As a millennial, it’s nice to see that some people recognize the good we can do in this world. All too often we are blamed for everything that is going wrong in it. Allow me to share something from my own personal experience.

    I work for a big box store, as in retail. I was approached by a man not much older than my own father who was in need of assistance; he simply needed a price check on a particular item. Now, I was rather far from any of our store’s computers, so I started to pull out my phone to open our company’s app. This app is not only a branch of our business, it’s suggested that we download it for quick and easy access to the built-in scanner. I had no sooner pulled my phone out when this man erupted, screaming about “you millennial and your d*** technology...” I’ll do us all a favor and spare you the rest.

    The point is, my intention was misinterpreted by this man either due to personal experience with a millennial providing poor customer service or by popular media’s portrayal of my generation. My intention, although not expressly stated, was to answer the man’s question. He, however, wasn’t having it- as he demanded I get someone of a more respectable generation to help him, so I did.

    While some may bemoan the fact that millennials are shaking things up, we are simply pushing companies to stay current. We are asking companies to continue serving the needs of the generations that came before us while adapting to the needs of our generation and the generations hereafter.

  • The one that is most adaptable to change will survive. That's not especially a new rule, as Charles Darwin already mentioned in the 19 century.

  • Adaption to the wave of our societal future is a part of what got us from prosperity, to dependency on others. This is a topic that truly reveals how important it is to get a good education. The higher educated are more likely to be ready, willing, and able able to fend for themselves. But, at the same

    Adaption to the wave of our societal future is a part of what got us from prosperity, to dependency on others. This is a topic that truly reveals how important it is to get a good education. The higher educated are more likely to be ready, willing, and able able to fend for themselves. But, at the same time, if government is giving away a whole lot of free stuff, where’s the incentive to better your own life? Just one example, in my situation, receiving SSI and Social Security, I am permitted to go to work, if I find something that I am able to do, considering my disabilities. The drawback is that I am limited to earning $100.00 per month without being taxed. But, after I reach that point, I would be working for 50% less, for the rest of the month. Can you imagine working with a crew who are paid, at least double, for performing the same work as you. And, very likely, putting in less effort than you.

  • Adapt.